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March 16, 2016 1:07 pm

Israel’s Deputy FM Reveals Unofficial Secret Jerusalem-Jakarta Ties

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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Israel has unofficial secret ties with Indonesia. Photo: Wikipedia.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Israel has unofficial secret ties with Indonesia. Photo: Wikipedia. – Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely revealed during a Knesset debate over the recent denial of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi entry to Ramallah that Israel has unofficial secret ties with Indonesia.

According to Hotovely, Israel has had “continuous contact” with Indonesia, the Jerusalem Post reported. Marsudi was denied entry into Ramallah on Sunday to inaugurate Indonesia’s consulate.

Indonesia, which is the world’s largest Muslim country, does not have any formal diplomatic relations with Israel. However, Indonesia recognized Palestinian statehood in 1988 and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited Indonesia’s capital Jakarta last week, where he attended an Organization of Islamic States summit on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Hotovely said that while the two countries do not have formal relations, Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General in the Asia-Pacific Division Mark Sofer recently visited Jakarta, where he reached an understanding with Indonesian officials that Marsudi would also meet with senior Israeli officials during his visit.

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She added that that is normal protocol for all foreign dignitaries to visit both Jerusalem and Ramallah.

“It was the Foreign Minister of Indonesia’s decision to violate that understanding, and she understood that, by her action of skipping Jerusalem, she is going against the rules Israel set for official visits to the PA and Israel,” Hotovely stated.

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  • drdeanster

    Screw Indonesia. They’re taking a sharp turn towards fundamentalism. Recognized Balestine in 1988, just “hosted” a “summit” on the Israeli-Balestinian “peace process” for the Organization of Islamic States. Wouldn’t we all love to know what was said there? Interesting how Israel wasn’t invited, rational people assume it takes two to tango.
    Plenty of other populous Asian countries to deepen trade relations with- China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India.
    I wonder if those Muslims with African or Indonesian features really know what their fellow Islamists truly think of them- the Arabs and Persians are as racist as they come. Like Qadaffi, they use those they deem inferior to do certain nasty tasks and then discard them as sub-human when they’re no longer useful. Note how the Gulf States treat their imported laborers from SE Asia.